John Gutmann (1905–1998) was one of America’s most distinctive photographers. Born in Germany where he trained as an artist and art teacher, he fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in San Francisco, reinventing himself as a photo-journalist.
In the America of the 1930’s, Mr. Gutmann found an exuberant car culture, a dizzying array of billboards and graffiti, a racially diverse citizenry, music and dancing in the streets and young women galore. He photographed them all.
|Early drive-in restaurant, Hollywood, 1935|
|Artillery on Market Street, San Francisco, 1934|
|Street Musicians, New Orleans, 1937|
|Man Walking by Clown and Lady Graffiti, San Francisco, 1939|
|High ride, 1937|
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